|Trial of Mrs. Rebecca Peake: Indicted for the Murder of Ephraim Peake... Embracing the Evidence, Arguments of Counsel, Charge, and Sentence - author unknown. Publication info - .Montpelier: E.P. Walton & Sons, 1836|
Rebecca Peake murdered her stepson because she was dissatisfied with her husband's decision to turn the farm over to him. Her lawyers defended her on the grounds of insanity, and the argument presented illuminates the "nature" of her sex: 'woman, "while reason holds her throne," is incapable of doing so foul a deed;â¦the soft and winning graces of the female sex hold no companionship with crime. It is said that the deep, strong, endless, never dying principle of love, that rests and dwells in ...
Keywords: murder; insanty defense
|Remarks upon the Trial of William Sutton, Esq. by an Impartial By-Stander - author unknown. Publication info - London: Benjamin Sibthorpe, 1761.|
William Sutton was tried for, and acquitted of, murdering a prostitute by stabbing her twice "so she should not be able to sit", the wounds afterwards becoming infected. The case was the talk of the town, and became the subject of a series of pamphlets alternately arguing Sutton's guilt and innocence. In this pamphlet, the first three pages are spent excoriating the victim, in the guise of arguing that no matter how depraved she might have been, she still should not have been murdered...
Keywords: murder; prostitution; abuse; alcoholism
|The Tryal of Mary Blandy, Spinster: For the Murder of her Father, Francis Blandy, Gent... - author unknown. Publication info - London: Printed for John and James Rivington, 1752.|
Mary Blandy was led astray by a lover who, although already involved in a common-law marriage, was eager to obtain the dowry of Â£10,000 which her father had unwisely advertised he would give her. This lover, Cranstoun, sent her arsenic, which she gave her father over the course of months. Blandy never denied having administered the poison, but she did insist throughout her trial and until her death that she had believed that the powder she stirred into her father's tea and gruel was merely an...
Keywords: murder; poisoning; arsenic; Mary Blandy
|Life, Crimes, and Confession of Bridget Durgan, The Fiendish Murderess of Mrs. Coriel: Whom she Butchered, Hoping to Take her Place in the Affections of the Husband of her Innocent and Lovely Victim... - author unknown. Publication info - Philadelphia: C.W. Alexander, 1867.|
True Crime account. Bridget Durgan was convicted and hanged for murdering Mrs. Coriel, her employer. In the opening passages of this book, which also contains a text which purports to be a confession written by Durgan herself, the themes that will sound through the book are revealed: Durgan is "wretched", "brutal", a "demon girl" possessed of a "hellish design". This account would appear to provide little opportunity for titillation, but the writer manages to inject sex into the story both by em...
Keywords: murder; female criminals; Bridget Durgan; confessions
|The Intrigues, Amours, & Adventures of Rachel Cunningham: Called from her Many Crimes the American Milwood: Detailing the Eccentric Course of her Career..., Her Deceitful Conduct to her Aunt and Entrance into Public Life at Sixteen, Is Debauched by Mr. Wallingdon, Becomes the Mistress of Mr. Haverley, His Death in a Duel, Intrigue with his Antagonist, Her Attempt to Poison her Keeper Mr. Green and Failure, Her Debut at the Saloons of the Theatres, Engages the Affections of Mr. L---, the Wealthy Merchant, Intrigue with that celebrated Debauchee Judge F---, Her Amour with the Sheriff, George van Swearington and Murder of His Wife, Together with their Escape, Capture, Trial, and Execution for Murder - author unknown. Publication info - London: E. Duncombe, c.1820|
The story of Philadelphia native, Rachel Cunningham, is fairly fully recounted in the title of this book. Possessed of extraordinary beauty, but also of a variety of "demonic" desires, her path led from insolent selfishness, through adultery and lewd couplings (recounted with zest, to be sure), to the grave. She was doomed from the beginning of her evil life in a resort town: "At that place of fashionable folly, vice, and profligacy (Bedford Pa.) while residing with her auntâ¦ it may be said t...
Keywords: true crime; immorality; Bedford PA; murder
|The Trial of Margaret Tindal, Alias Shuttleworth, for the Murder of her Husband, Henry Shuttleworth, Vintner, Montrose, at Perth, on the 19th day of September, 1821 - author unknown. Publication info - Montrose: John Smith, 1821|
Mrs. Shuttleworth was convicted for beating her husband to death while she was intoxicated.
Keywords: murder; trials; alcoholism
|The Trial of Katherine Nairn and Patrick Ogilvie, For the Crimes of Incest and Murder... - author unknown. Publication info - London: Reprinted for T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1765.|
Katharine Nairn and Patrick Ogilvie were involved in a sort of eighteenth-century soap opera. Nairn was married to Thomas Ogilvie, a man twice her age. They shared their home with his younger brother Patrick and the mistress of the youngest brother of the family, Alexander. Thomas was poisoned and died. Nairn and Patrick were charged with his death, and with incest, i.e. adultery, both capital crimes...
Keywords: adultery; murder; incest; prostitution